Retired U.S. Army
Col. Wes Martin, an adjunct faculty member in the criminal justice program, testified via live remote this week
before the Canadian House of Commons’ Subcommittee on International Human
Martin testified on the Sept. 1,
2013, massacre of 52 Iranian resistance fighters at a former military base in
Iraq. As a former commander of the base, Camp Ashraf, and as the former senior
officer responsible for preventing acts of terrorism in Iraq, Martin told the
subcommittee that he believed the attack had to have been perpetrated by the
American-trained Iraqi government.
Martin argued that because of the
camp’s remote location, Iraqi watchtowers would see any incoming forces. The
formations used by the attackers were those taught to the Iraqi government of
Nuri al-Maliki, prime minister of Iraq since the end of the Iraqi Transitional
Government, he said. He noted that the attackers came and went in the direction
of a nearby Iraqi compound.
He also testified on conditions for
2,900 former residents of Camp Ashraf whom the United Nations moved to another
former military base, Camp Liberty, in 2012. This group, an ally of deposed
leader Saddam Hussein and an enemy of the current states of both Iraq and Iran,
he said is subject to rocket attacks and never-ending harassment from Iran’s
newest ally, the Iraqi government.
“Scores have already died from the
rocket attacks,” he told the subcommittee. “Others have died while being denied
access to timely medical support.”
Martin began teaching at Pitt-Bradford
in Fall 2013, when he taught Terrorism in a Post-911 World. A former member of
the U.S. Army Military Police, he is currently teaching Introduction to
Criminal Justice and Crisis Management. In Fall 2014, he will teach Global
Several faculty members and
political science students were able to watch Martin’s live testimony.